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TIPS FOR WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING - PART 2

DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS


Whilst trying on dresses should be fun, before you commit you also need to make sure you’ve dealt with the sensible side of the process and have all the information you need. Depending on where you are shopping, you’ll want to ask questions around timescales for ordering / fitting, average fitting costs, experience of the seamstresses, whether they can store the dress for you and if not how you should store it etc


GO WITH AN OPEN MIND


You may have been looking at photos and have an idea of what you want, but that dress isn’t necessarily going to be the right one for you (bearing in mind that those models are tall, thin and the photos are often airbrushed!) Over the past 13 years more than two-thirds of my customers have ended up with a dress that was completely different to the one they thought that they would buy.


There is a dress for everyone. You need to at least start by trying dresses in different shapes and fabrics to know what really works for you, then you can start narrowing down your options. But don’t start narrow, you might be missing that stunning gown that would make you feel out of this world!


THINK ABOUT YOUR UNDERWEAR

You don’t need to be overly concerned about this – but do bear in mind that a complete stranger (for example, me!) are going to be seeing your underwear, so maybe this isn’t the day for your comfy but old saggy grey knickers and bra. Although many wedding dresses are very structured (so you may not need a bra), if you have very large boobs it’s not a bad idea to make sure you are wearing something supportive. And if you are looking for a very fitted style and expect to be wearing shape-wear on your big day, then I’d suggest wearing it to try dresses too so that you can really see what those fitted beauties are going to look like.

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